Bharti Infratel Rs 4,500-cr IPO subscribed 44.6% on Day 2

Bharti Infratel Rs 4,500-cr IPO subscribed 44.6% on Day 2 Mumbai: Bharti Infratel's Rs 4,500-crore initial public offer, tipped as the second biggest public issue in the last two years, was overall subscribed 44.6 percent on the second day of the issue Wednesday.

The telecom tower company's IPO received bids for 5.59 crore shares out of 18.89 crore equity shares offered in the main book building process, according to stock exchange data.

Together with institutional book building, which includes anchor investors, the overall issue was subscribed 44.6 percent.

Besides, the Qualified Institutional Buyers (QIBs) category was subscribed 81 percent of their quota of 5.35 crore shares, while shares reserved for retail investors received 3.5 percent subscription.

Of the 8.19 crore shares reserved for institutional investors, bids have been received for 86.7 percent shares including anchor investors, who picked up 15 percent share.

The issue, which will close on December 14, is in the price band of Rs 210-240 per share.

At the upper end of the price band, Bharti Infratel would raise about Rs 4,533.60 crore, while at the lower end it could end up with Rs 3,966.90 crore.

The equity shares are proposed to be listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange.

Bharti Airtel, which owns about 86 percent of Bharti Infratel, is not participating in the share sale.

The Sunil Bharti Mittal led-company's IPO is the biggest from public issue in two years after state-run Coal India's issue in October 2010.

The company has said the proceeds from the IPO will be used to fund its expansion and future acquisitions.

Bharti Infratel on Monday received Rs 651.7 crore from 18 anchor investors, including Morgan Stanley and Sundaram MF.

The company had priced shares for the anchor investors at Rs 230 a piece and allocated 2.83 crore shares (15 percent of the issue size) to them, Bharti Infratel had said in a filing to the BSE.

The joint book running lead managers to the IPO are DSP Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan India, Standard Chartered Securities (India) and UBS Securities India.

The issue's lead managers are Barclays Securities (India), Deutsche Equities India, Enam Securities, HSBC Securities and Capital Markets (India) and Kotak Mahindra Capital Company.

The co-book running lead managers to the issue are BNP Paribas, DBS Bank, HDFC Bank and ICICI Securities.

Bharti Infratel is the first tower company to come out with an IPO. Other players in the tower business include Anil Ambani -led Reliance Infratel and Viom Networks - a joint venture between Tata Teleservices and Kolkata-based Quippo Infrastructure.

PTI